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  • Women

    Women record biggest win

  • First team

    Aubameyang denies Bigi a winning return

  • First team

    Manager using break to make improvements

  • First team

    Curtis Main: The hard work continues

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Peter Morrison joins Albion on loan

  • First team

    Try our Friday internationals quiz

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Colts react to win over Dundee

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    The goals from Colts’ win at Dundee

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Craigan: Commitment and desire got win

  • First team

    Duo in action for Scotland Under 21s

  • Women

    Women record biggest win

    Women record biggest win

    Motherwell handed new boss Donald Jennow the perfect start as they recorded their biggest victory of the season, beating Central Girls 9-0 at Braidhurst.

    Sammy Hare bagged four goals and Suzanne Mulvey a hat-trick, while Hayley Cunningham netted from the spot and Megan Burns added her name to scoresheet with a trademark long range strike.

    It was a highly impressive display from the women of steel, who showed no signs of taking their foot off the gas despite having secured the SWPL 2 title with five games of the season remaining.

    Hare opened the scoring within the first three minutes, Cunningham’s corner was only cleared as far as Mulvey who did well to turn her market and deliver the perfect cross for her strike partner to turn home from close range.

    It was one way traffic towards the Central goal and on the 10 minute mark, Hare doubled her tally and Motherwell’s advantage.

    Cunningham’s cross was parried out by Sarah King, but only as far as Hare who was left with the simple task of knocking the ball into the empty net.

    The visitors had struggled to settle into the game but did offer a rare threat on the counter attack and Kennedy almost reduced the deficit before Motherwell struck for the third time inside the opening half hour.

    Clare Johnstone in the ‘Well goal started the move with a smart kick out to Kirsty McLaughlin. The midfielder split the visiting defence with a superb pass to skipper Mulvey who drove forward before finishing in her usual composed fashion.

    Five minutes later Hare completed her hat-trick, McLaughlin again played a pivotal role in the build-up and the striker calmly slotted the ball low into the net.

    The hosts took a 4-0 lead into the interval and they made a blistering start to the second 45 – netting twice within three minutes of the restart.

    Firstly, Cerys Gilbride brought down Mulvey allowing Cunningham to drill home the resulting penalty and Mulvey would then add her second goal of the match converting the rebound after King had kept out Hare’s initial effort.

    Mulvey, Cunningham, McLaughlin and Hare all passed up opportunities before the seventh goal eventually arrived just before the hour mark.

    Kerry Montgomery and Cunningham linked well down the right and when the ball reached the penalty area, it was Hare who yet again was there to turn the ball home.

    Hare is enjoying a quite remarkable run of form in front of goal and has now netted 12 times in her last four appearances, taking her total to 20 for the season.

    Despite having a seven-goal lead, Motherwell continued to look to add to their advantage and with 20 minutes remaining, Mulvey would complete her hat-trick when she nodded in McLaughlin’s pin-point cross.

    The final goal of the game came with 11 minutes remaining, as Burns blasted home from range after a mix up in the Central defence.

    Incredibly, Burns’ goal brings Motherwell to 77 in 17 league fixtures this term, with a positive goal difference of 62.

    It also completed a dominant display from Jennow’s side that will set them up nicely for next Sunday’s big SSE Scottish Women’s Cup quarter final clash with St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

    Report: Andy Ross
    Pictures: Craig Murray

  • First team

    Aubameyang denies Bigi a winning return

    Aubameyang denies Bigi a winning return

    A late Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leveller for Gabon denied Gäel Bigirimana’s Burundi all three points in their African Cup of Nations Group C qualifier.

    Bigirimana, earning only his second cap for the country of his birth after a three-year absence, was named in the starting line-up for the match in the Stade De L’Amitié.

    The Swallows took the lead after 38 minutes, Stoke City’s Saido Berahino scoring on his full international debut, holding off a handful of challenges before smashing low under the keeper at his near post.

    It looked like it was going to stay that way until the Arsenal striker grabbed a point for the hosts just nine minutes from time.

    The result leaves Burundi on four points after two games. They face a crucial double header against Mali next month. A win in both will have them in pole position for a spot at the 2019 tournament, which takes place in Cameroon next June.

    Elsewhere, Trevor Carson had to be content with a place amongst the substitutes as Northern Ireland lost 2-1 at home to Bosnia-Herzegovina in the UEFA Nations Cup.

    Very much against the run of play, the Bosnians took the lead through Dynamo Dresden winger Haris Duljević.

    The hosts continued to dominate, but a mix-up between Craig Cathcart and keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell allowed Elvis Sarić to nip and double the visitor’s advantage midway through the second half.

    Will Grigg did reduce the arrears in stoppage time, but it finished in defeat for Michael O’Neill’s side.

  • First team

    Manager using break to make improvements

    Stephen Robinson says the international break hasn’t been wasted at Motherwell, with the manager using the time to make improvements with the team on the training ground.

    The squad worked Tuesday to Friday this week in the absence of a weekend fixture, but there was no chance the time would be used to relax.

    “It’s a chance to work on things we can be better at,” he said.

    “The attitudes around the place are great and everyone keeps pushing and pushing themselves.”

  • First team

    Curtis Main: The hard work continues

    Curtis Main is enjoying the continued hard work going on in training, despite the break from action for internationals.

    The Englishman, who is desperate for the fixtures to keep on coming, says there has been no let up at Fir Park, despite the lack of a weekend fixture.

    “It’s been an intense week and the manager is driving that,” he said. “He doesn’t want us to take our foot off the gas even though there’s a break.”

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Peter Morrison joins Albion on loan

    Peter Morrison joins Albion on loan

    Young goalkeeper Peter Morrison has joined Albion Rovers on loan.

    The reserve team keeper moves to Cliftonhill until January, as he looks to pick up more first team minutes.

    The 20-year-old will continue to remain part of Stephen Craigan’s side and can play for Motherwell in the Reserve League and IRN-BRU Cup.

    Morrison joins Ross MacLean, Neil McLaughlin, Shea Gordon and Jake Hastie out on loan, with the quartet at Morton, Stirling Albion, Partick Thistle and Alloa Athletic respectively.

  • First team

    Try our Friday internationals quiz

    Try our Friday internationals quiz

    This week’s Friday quiz calls on your knowledge of players who’ve picked up international caps while on the books at Fir Park.

    Can you name the top 20 who have amassed appearances for their countries while plying their club trade in claret and amber?


     

     

     

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Colts react to win over Dundee

    Goal scorers Kyle MacDonald and Broque Watson were joined by goalkeeper Rohan Ferguson after the Colts won 2-1 at Dundee.

    The trio were influential in the victory in the IRN-BRU Cup, which put Motherwell through to the third round of the competition for the first time.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    The goals from Colts’ win at Dundee

    Kyle MacDonald and Broque Watson netted for the young Steelmen as they advanced to the third round of the IRN-BRU Cup.

    Having defeated East Stirlingshire in the opening match, Dundee’s Colts side were defeated 2-1 at Dens on Thursday night.

  • Reserves & Under 18s

    Craigan: Commitment and desire got win

    Stephen Craigan says his young Motherwell side showed “commitment and desire” as they bagged a deserved 2-1 win at Dundee in the IRN-Bru Cup.

    Goals from Kyle MacDonald and Broque Watson ensured passage to the third round of the competition for the first time.

  • First team

    Duo in action for Scotland Under 21s

    Duo in action for Scotland Under 21s

    Chris Cadden and Allan Campbell were in action for Scotland Under 21s on Thursday night, as the youngsters defeated Andorra 3-0.

    Cadden started the match at Tynecastle Park, setting up the third goal as he played the full 90 minutes in the UEFA European Under 21 Championship qualifier.

    The Motherwell man beat two for pace down the right before swinging the ball in for Fraser Hornby, who completed his hat-trick with the goal.

    Allan Campbell was on the bench and got the last 18 minutes for Scot Gemmill’s side, who now face the Netherlands on Tuesday.